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All that waiting, all that expectation over the summer, it is over my friends. The Premier League is back. While it is the duty of BT Sport's football anchor Jake Humphrey to inflate his own programme with hyperbole, which he duly fulfilled with his opening statements, it is the prerogative of the punter to validate the product with his or her on/off button.

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The Football Association yesterday confirmed it would veto any deal that would see television rights for some England games sold collectively by Uefa if it meant its broadcast revenue being slashed.

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The Football Association today confirmed they would veto any deal that would see television rights for some England games sold collectively by UEFA if it meant their broadcast revenue being slashed.

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